Delaware North Says its Offer for John Wayne Airport Food Contract Won't Rip Off Consumers, Like Rival Bid HMSHost would
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Last month, the county's Airport Commission unanimously recommended that the Supes go with HMSHost--which currently has the contract that currently curses passengers with such bad food-- on January 11, when the issue is up for a vote. But rival Delaware North isn't taking that recommendation kindly.
In a Dec. 21 letter to the Board, Delaware North president Matthew R. King disclosed his company is willing to up its bid, from $24 million per year for the right to rent the concession stands, to $34 million, an offer that still falls short of HMSHost's $39 million proposal. King offered a novel argument to try and convince the supes to give his company the contract: that his rival's higher promise of rent means HMSHost will likely increase prices at restaurants to make up the cost.
"The JWA terminal is a phenomenal asset and traveling experience where 9 to 10 million passengers pass through annually," King wrote. "It seems to be lost in the discussion that these very customers will be paying the loft rent promised by Host. This is a flawed business model, and will surely result in an increase in customer complaints."